Saturday, 26 January 2008

Lamingtons

Lamingtons are chocolate coated pieces of sponge cake dipped in coconut. they are traditionally baked on Australia Day, January 26. they are time consuming to make but well worth it!
Ingredients

1 slab sponge cake (one day old)
4 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
2 - 3 cups desiccated coconut To make the icing

Cool the cake for at least half an hour in the Fridge or Freezer, then cut into squares or fingers Combine the Sugar and Cocoa in a large bowl Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan until the butter is melted. Add to the sugar/cocoa mixture and mix to a fluid yet not runny consistency To put it all together
Make a production line of Sponge Fingers, Chocolate Icing mixture in a bowl, coconut in a shallow container or plate, and a cooling rack with paper underneath. Using a fork dip the sponge fingers into the icing, roll it in the coconut covering it well, and then place on to the rack to dry. Once they have dried, place in an airtight container and leave to "mature" for at least a few hours, preferably overnight, before eating.

To make the sponge cake.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup milk Method

Grease and Line a Lamington Tin (11 x 8 x 1.5 inches) Cream the Butter, Castor Sugar and Vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating together as you go.
Fold in the Flour and Milk, alternating as you go. Pour the batter into the prepared tin, spread evenly, and bake in a Moderate Oven (375f/190c) for 30-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to stand for a few minutes before turning out on to a cooling rack.

17 comments:

Happy cook said...

Happy Australi day.
In India we have today Happy Republic Day

Rosie said...

Happy Australia Day :)

Lamingtons are something I haven't baked yet but viewing yours I am getting very tempted now to bake some!! They look delicious.

Rosie x

Maria said...

Hi there

Loving your Lamingtons, they look so yummy. I've never baked Lamingtons before but have always wanted to.

Happy Australia Day ;o)

Maria
x

Cooking and the City said...

Thank you Happy Cook, Happy Republic day :-)

Rosie, thanks for your lovely comment :-)

Maria, hello thanks for visiting, really appreciate your lovely comments :-)

Gloria said...

This looks so well! I like your blo! xGloria

Jeena said...

These look wonderful what a great recipes. I bet you enjoyed eating these lamingtons up, yum! :-)

Cooking and the City said...

Gloria thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, hope you'll stop by again soon. I've seen your blog & its lovely :-)

Jeena, I hope your well. yes we did enjoy the lamingtons esp as they are an occasional treat, thanks for your kind words :-)

ruthEbabes said...

I love hearing about new recipes and traditions in food so thank you for sharing about Lamingtons, they look and sound great!

Happy Australia Day!

Cooking and the City said...

Ruth, thank you I really do appreciate your kind comments. I agree isn't it fun to learn different things through food :-)

Kevin said...

Chocolate coated sponge cake dipped in coconut sounds really good!

Cooking and the City said...

thanks for stopping by Kevin & for your lovely comment. I appreciate it :-)

Rosie said...

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Rosie x

Jerri said...

yum! these sound great. i love your blog. thanks for visiting mine.

Cooking and the City said...
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Cooking and the City said...

Jerri, thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate your lovely comments! :-)

Katie said...

These look delisious! :)

Robin said...

Yum! Those look delicious!